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Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe dies
Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe dies

Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe, a well-known former criminal defense attorney who served on the Baltimore Circuit Court for nearly two decades and had a taste for the macabre, died Wednesday at her Homeland residence of complications from a stroke she had suffered three weeks earlier. Judge Bothe was 85. "Elsbeth was always there for justice. She was fair, just, but could be very tough," said Ellen A. Callegary, who clerked for Judge Bothe in 1976 and was a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm of Callegary & Steedman. "Even though she had strong feelings, she always supported juries. And she could be tough with lawyers," said Ms. Callegary. "She wanted them...